Wim Rietveld is the son of the well-known designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld; however, he has never been as renowned as his father. In 1950, Wim Rietveld embarked on his journey to becoming a designer and did so at the Royal Academy in The Hague. From 1953 to 1957 he was employed by Gispen.
Wim Rietveld: “Good form, solid, practical and inexpensive “
Rietveld was good at balancing functionality and aesthetics and coming up with simple production techniques. His motto was: “Good form, solid, practical and inexpensive”.
Wim Rietveld, Kho Liang Le and Friso Kramer are the pioneers of industrial design in Netherlands. He also introduced the technique of foam seat cushions and the pressing of plywood.
In 1957 together with his father, he designed the Mondial chair which is a stackable and linkable chair, which was exhibited in Brussels at the 1958 World Fair. Wim Rietveld was primarily responsible for the mechanics behind the design.
Wim Rietveld also designed the first Amsterdam Metro together with Wim Groeneboom. In addition to all of this, Wim worked for many other companies including ‘Werkspoor treininterieurs’ (focussed on train interiors) and Inventum (focused on household appliances).
Wim Rietveld was also a teacher at various schools, including the Royal Academy in The Hague from 1960 till 1975 and at the Technical University in Delft from 1970 till 1979. It was here that Wim mentored up-and-coming designers. The Rietveld mentality regarding form, shape, practicallity and affordability were well in line with the scientific objectives of the program in Delft. He is still considered very important at this university.
In 1971, Rietveld partnered with Wim Groeneboom. They designed together for various clients including the Amsterdam Metro.
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